I wrote an article for a beer magazine in Melbourne, Australia. They don’t know I’m here. Quick, take this!Read More
Flycaster Brewery is a tiny little brewery out in Kirkland. They’ll be showcased in East Side Beer Week on one of my bike routes (TBA). Jeremy Eubanks and his wife co founded the fly-fishing themed brewery in May of 2014, making it one the oldest breweries in Washington and the first in Kirkland. It’s managed to stay small because Jeremy runs this brewery as his side hustle, still maintaining his day job in the tech world. He has some warnings for those that want to follow in his footsteps.
Post Doc is over in Redmond. It started with a joke - the obvious answer to what you do with your life when you are post doc is open a brewery. That is just what Tom and Debbie, along with their respective partners, decided to do. The post docs expertise in chemistry helps give capital P Post Doc the upper hand. But what do you do when your landlord tells you they plan on demoing your building when the light rail comes to town. Get the answer in this two part series. Episode 1 of 2Read More
Spindletap is an interesting Houston phenomenon. Their hazy IPA catapulted them to the spotlight and they have been living the high life ever since. Rushing from release to release, with their IIPAs making up for their non IPAs, they feature on average at least one “I” per beer. They use their giant space to their advantage to throw big events. They even used their huge warehouse, shared with a friendly neighborhood oil logistics company, to stage relief supplies for hurricane Ike. True Houston super stars.Read More
Back in Texas, we chat with JJ and Paul of Under the Radar Brewery. This brewery is right in the middle of Houston and is a little special. With the founders and owners taking a step away from the brewery, Head Brewer JJ and Manager Paul, seamlessly step in to keep the beer flowing strong!Read More
Matt, Head of Brewing Operations, switches off with Sara to continue the conversation about Fremont Brewery. He shares details about breaking into the beer world without having to found a brewery all on your ownRead More
Sara Nelson, champion of the environment, fierce guardian of brewery independence, and co-founder of Fremont Brewery tells the compelling tale of creating Washington’s 3rd largest brewery I acknowledgeRead More
Jennifer from No Label last week pointed me towards her old homebrewing buddy, Aaron, who now runs beer operations at Saint Arnold Brewery. Saint Arnold is the oldest craft brewery in Texas, an order of magnitude larger than No Label, and a Houston cultural staple. Aaron has been in the beer business for years shares what it is like climbing the beer ladder.
I hate making excuses, but the mic Aaron was wearing was picking up some interesting background music from a totally unknown source (if I had to guess, earbuds playing softly in his pocket) and as a result, his audio is pretty doctored to have the music removed. I figured I’d get ahead of that one now so you can know of my shame.Read More
This week is my first favorite brewery and the star of my home town, No Label Brewery out in Katy (a suburb of Houston). It’s the only brewery this far out west of and is the 3rd oldest in H-town. Jennifer Royo, co founder, joins me today while I wax nostalgic about Texas and gives us her take on the industry. She and husband Brian started a family around the same time as they started they brewery, so she also talks a bit about the juggling act of raising a young family and a young brewery at the same time.Read More
Dave joins the Cycling Cicerone and talks about open Peddler Brewery over in Ballard. We talk about lager beers, wholesaling, and combining passions! Bikes and beers? For some reason that one sounds familiar!Read More
Populuxe is a killer brewery that has grown a ton since it’s start in 2013, but despite that, it’s still the smallest brewery in Ballard and certainly close to the smallest in Seattle! Peter Charbonnier shares.Read More
Outlander is going through a time of turmoil! We caught them right after the founders sold the brewery to a pair of enterprising first time entrepreneurs. An experienced assistant brewer rises to the top. With the founders out of the picture, the new owners Angela and Johnny have to figure out how to run a brewery with Jason’s helpRead More
I bop down to Greely, Colorado and try out a mainstay brewery of the ranching town. WeldWorks talks about ABinBev stealing hop contracts, barrel aged beers, hazy IPAs, and more!Read More
Back to Minneapolis for a bit. Ryan Petz, co founder and CEO of Fulton Brewery talks about contract brewingRead More
Time for a Bellingham staple: Chuckanut. Will and Mari show off what a legacy of brewing can do to make killer lagersRead More
Continuing the Bellingham Washington Series is Illuminati. A winery turned brewery that took some serious lobbying to make possible. Bill answers Marry Bang Kill: Sierra Nevada, Fullers, and Reuben’s?Read More
The family that brews together, stays together… that’s how that phrase goes right? Chad and Coleen are a brewing family. Wander is their 20 barrel brew house that is several steps larger than others just starting out. Wander was designed from the get go to be a production scale brewery. Chad tells us how he and Coleen juggle their growing family while their brewery grows into it’s bones.
Wander was an especially noisy brewery and I experimented with some new noise removal processes. Like what you hear? Leave a comment!Read More
Aslan Brewery is an organic brewery and a B Corporation focused on their triple bottom line - People and Planet then finally Profit. Jack Lamb and his co-founders started Aslan much like any other brewery, but despite the self-imposed, margin-slashing decision to go certified organic, they grew quickly to be one of Washington’s top 25 largest breweries. Lamb is on a mission to make beer be the first thing when you hear Aslan, not a lion from the other side of a wardrobe. And yes, I ask him right off the bat how a guy named Lamb went straight for the lion themed brewery.Read More
Surly Brewery is the last brewery on the Minneapolis tour and the biggest brewery I’ve talked to yet. At well over a 100,000 barrels, they smash most of the other small breweries and blast through the legal barrel limits for selling growlers and self distribution. What’s insane though is that Surly is really only 12 years old. What sets them apart from other breweries? Let’s listen to Ben Smith, Head Brewer at their massive production facility and tourist attracting brewpub to find outRead More